The “us” in Caption Nerds is mostly Owner/Operator Thomas Herman. A CART Captioner, Thomas is a stenographer with a specialty in near-instant real-time translation for the Deaf/HOH community as well as others who need or enjoy captions.
He attended the College of Court Reporting before transferring to and graduating from the American Captioning Institute and is a National Court Reporting Association professional member. Thomas has been providing CART captions since 2016. Thomas is also a published author of some obscure fiction as well as design blogs and has written for and been quoted by the NCRA's Journal of Court Reporting.
Thomas has also literally written the book: InnoCaption Stenographic Captioners Handbook for InnoCaption, recipient of Inc.’s 2021 Best in Business Telecommunications award along with several other awards.
Thomas consistently captions for agencies of Oregon and Georgia State, as well as several colleges, community colleges, universities, and nonprofits in Virginia, Alaska, Oregon, Washington State, Colorado, and Arizona, and California, as well as state agencies in Florida. Other recurring clients also include large private sector corporations, and various amazingly fun yearly conferences.
Caption Nerds has a wonderful working relationship with a few different American Sign Language interpretation firms and can facilitate ASL services as needed in addition to CART captions.
The aforementioned clients have led to captioning, and sometimes even chatting with, some pretty amazing folks. Some career highlights include:
Selena Gomez Singer/actor & mental health advocate
Judith Huemann Iconic Disability Rights Activist
Michael B. Hancock Mayor of Denver, Colardo
Troy Kotsur History-making Oscar winner, and Tony Award winning screen and stage actor and Deaf activist know for CODA, The Mandalorian, See What I'm Saying and more
Abby Wambach Olympic Gold Medalist & FIFA World Cup Champion and activist
Serena Williams The tennis GOAT and entrepreneur herself
Ali Stroker Tony Award winning actor of stage, film and TV, and disability activist
Rebecca Nagle Native American, writer and activist
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 entertainers and activists Sasha Velour and the amazing Peppermint
From "Yaaasss, queen" to actual King Abdullah II of Jordan
Keri Gray speaker on intersectionality of race, gender, and disability
Dr. Reverend Leroy Haynes living legend and civil rights icon
Alice Wong writer, editor, activist
Tommy Orange Pulitzer Prize nominated author
"Lolo" Spencer from HBO's The Sex Lives of College Girls, Tommy Hilfiger model, disability lifestyle influencer
Way too many rock stars of UX/UI to name, but I adore the work UX/UI writers do to try to make the digital world inclusive and accessible to everyone!
Thomas is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, and lives in Miami, with his spouse and their pug.
For larger jobs, or when sessions are concurrent, Caption Nerds has a small but mighty network of stenographic CART captioners. Bios upon request. When Thomas has larger jobs to share with other captioners, he does actively reach out to BIPOC, women, and LGBTQ folks as much as possible.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) recognizes CART Captioning as an effective access to communication.